Rutgers trustees refuse to surrender Camden campus

Members of the Board of Trustees at Rutgers-Camden overwhelmingly voted to oppose severing Rutgers-Camden from the rest of the university during a meeting Thursday.

NewsWorks New Jersey reporting partner NJ Spotlight reports the board also affirmed it was committed to Rutgers-Camden and its students.

According to NJ Spotlight, the proposed transfer of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and other units of UMDNJ to Rutgers University should be considered on its own merits, as stated in a resolution approved by trustees, 32-4.

Trustees included direct references to The Rutgers Law of 1956, according to NJ Spotlight, which requires any proposed amendment or substantial alteration to Rutgers properties, funds, and trusts be approved by both the Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors.

NJ Spotlight says it appears trustees are saying they will not rush to accept the merger by Gov. Chris Christie’s July 1 deadline. Trustees are also not expected to approve the restructuring proposal at all.

Read the rest of NJ Spotlight’s story on their website.

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